Smart Computer-Assisted Cognitive Rehabilitation for Visually Impaired People
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The emergence of new devices that allow tracking body movements, such as Microsoft Kinect, has motivated the creation of different rehabilitation systems that allow people with disabilities to improve and recover some lost physical or cognitive capabilities. In general, the use of Kinect sensors to control the patient’s movements is the most common solution. In this case, the use of visual capabilities is needed because the patient must recognise the meaning and the objective’s location using the visual channel. Thus, current proposals based on Kinect are not useful for visually impaired people and must be adapted through replacing or enhancing the visual information with other stimuli that can be perceived by people with this disability. In this paper, we introduce an adaptation of a previous proposal including some vibrotactile stimuli that allow visually impaired people to determine the type (meaning) and the location of a specific object, allowing them to carry out a series of rehabilitation exercises.
KeywordsHaptic Feedback Cognitive Rehabilitation Kinect Sensor Haptic Sensation Rehabilitation System
This work was partially supported by Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)/FEDER EU under TIN2016-79100-R grant. Miguel Oliver holds an FPU scholarship (FPU13/03141) from the Spanish Government.
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